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Permits and Registration

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Permits Unit NOW OPEN at 545 S. Fairground St.

FAQ Topics

Is my information available for anyone to see?

No. None of the alarm information given is subject to Georgia open records.

I have moved out of the city/county/state, how can I close my account?

If you no longer own, rent, or are held responsible for the address you had a permit for, we encourage you to notify us in writing that you wish to close the permit account. The written letter can be mailed to:

Cobb County Police Department
Cobb County Alarm Program
P.O. Box 743626
Atlanta, GA 30374

Why do I have to register my alarm?

In case a crime does occur at your home or business and you are unavailable, the police department will have names and phone numbers of someone that can come secure your property.

Can I appeal a false alarm?

You may appeal any false alarm notification you receive. Alarm users should use the appeal guideline as a reference to determine what is considered a false alarm. A good rule of thumb is to determine if criminal activity has occurred and not who's fault it might have been.

Where does the money go that is collected from false alarm fines?

The money collected from false alarm fines pays for the cost of the program.

Who needs an alarm permit?

Anyone in unincorporated Cobb County possessing a burglar alarm system, device, or assembly of equipment designed to signal the occurrence of an illegal or unauthorized entry or other activity requiring immediate attention and to which the police department is expected to respond, but does not include alarms installed in motor vehicles, fire alarms, or alarms designed to elicit a medical response.

How do I obtain a permit?

You may have been given an application by your alarm company, but you may also download a copy from this website. Applications can also be found at all Cobb County Police Precincts, and County Government Centers.

What do I do with the permit once I receive one?

The alarm permit is specific to you at that address. It is your responsibility to provide the permit number to your alarm company. If you fail to do so, it is possible that you will not receive police response to an alarm call. Police dispatch to alarm calls are by permit only.

I lost my permit number, how can I get another one?

You do not need another permit number unless you have changed addresses. We will provide you with your specific permit number if you contact us by phone or in writing with your request.